Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte
YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It is a very dupable shade, though this variation is more muted/less warm-toned than others in the family. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is a cream product, lighter. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last week, I reviewed Singuliere (1). Passionnee (6) had better color payoff, but the texture was a wee bit powdery, though the powder itself had a silky, finely-milled quality to it. The finish is more shimmery with this particular shade, which still reads as luminous and glowing on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which can easily be applied less intensely or blended down from initial application due to the softness of the powder. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me but faded a little faster than the first shade I tried.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte
YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is brighter, cream. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

YSL’s description of the formula is mostly fluff: “pure color and light heart,” and “freed of of opaque powders, color expresses itself without any constraint.” Sephora’s description is the easiest to understand, as it says it offers “intense color payoff” with a “silky finish.” The blush can be applied swirled together, which is the most practical way, or you can use the center shade, which is lighter, for highlighting. The center is less than a 1″ square, so it is quite small, and you’ll probably need to use a large eye brush to use it without getting the outer color mixed in with it. The texture is silky and velvety–finely-milled and smooth–but the color payoff isn’t intense. It’s moderately pigmented and builds to semi-opaque color payoff at most. If you love sheerer blushes that you never have to worry about going overboard with, you may like this shade, because the finish is lovely on the skin: lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and is easy to blend and apply. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette
YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with five shades for fall. The palette has a leather panel on the front. I bought mine from Nordstrom, but it’s also available on YSL. I can appreciate the interesting combination of colors, and the finishes are more complex in person than they appear in photos. YSL claims 12-hour crease-resistant wear, but there’s usually noticeable fading after eight to nine hours and creasing by ten hours. I wish the wear-time claim wasn’t quite so extreme, because it does wear well relative to the average powder eyeshadow. I would also have liked to have seen the teal shade with a lot more pigment behind it.

Fetiche #1 is described as a “bright copper.” It’s a copper-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft and silky, but it had a drier consistency that made it a bit powdery to work with. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is more matte. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is similar. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 (P) is browner. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #2 is described as a “warm gold.” It’s a sparkly, medium gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones. This shade was only semi-opaque, and it has a fair amount of sparkle, so there is some fall out during application. Surprisingly, when worn, I didn’t notice much fall out during wear. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is more metallic. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #3 is described as an “opulent brown.” It’s a deep, dark, rich brown with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled–this was the best shade in the palette. It wore well for ten hours on me before slightly creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Muse (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after nine and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #5 is described as a “rich green.” It’s a blue-leaning, murky teal with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was on the drier side, though it wasn’t stiff or stubborn to work with on the lid. I was able to build up the color by patting it on to mostly opaque color, but it was quicker to fade than the other shades, as it only lasted eight hours on me. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

YSL Cuirs Fetiches Collection for Fall 2014
YSL Cuirs Fetiches Collection for Fall 2014

Couture Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Fetiche Deep black, rich green, opulent brown, bright copper, warm gold

La Laque Couture ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bleu Galuchat (52) Metallic blue-grey
  • Taupe Graine (53) Matte suede brown

Gloss Volupte ($32.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Cuir Grenat (106) Red
  • Beige Nu (210) Beige

Babydoll Eyeliner ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gris Vinyl (17) Blue-gray
  • Bleu Patine (18) Blue

Rouge Pur Couture The Mats ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose Perfecto (207) Rose
  • Fuchsia Fetiche (208) Red

Availability: Now at YSL, Nordstrom

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Reader Ammara requested a top five for berry-hued lip colors for summer, so here are my top picks! :) I’d love to hear yours — please share your recommendations in the comments.

  1. Guerlain Gladys — a brightened, fuchsia-berry
  2. Burberry Bright Poppy — a rich, reddish-berry with a matte finish
  3. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry
  4. Too Faced So Berry Sexy — a slightly brightened pink-berry with a soft shine
  5. Urban Decay Rapture — a warmer, muted plum

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette
YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette

YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an earthy, green-themed set of five eyeshadows with mostly shimmery finishes. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft and feels almost like a cream product, but a couple of shades can be a little powdery, so the color payoff isn’t always as intense or as true-to-pan as marketed. The wear is also short of the 12-hour wear time claimed; I find this formula wears a bit shorter on me than many other powder eyeshadows, though not significantly shorter–wear time varies between seven and eight hours, but I get noticeable fading and occasional creasing (this depends on the shade). The texture is really compelling, but I would recommend wearing an eyeshadow base/primer if this is something you’ve been considering; if you’re a no primer kind of person, I would skip.

Avant Garde #1 is a medium-dark, muted olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly, as the texture was very blendable and soft to the touch. Applied, the color stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is darker, more matte. Sephora Collection Planet Earth (99) (P, $13.00) is warmer. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is a touch darker. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is warmer. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #2 is a light, warm-toned beige with a hint of peach and yellow with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was noticeably under-pigmented. The texture was soft, though on the powdery side, which might have contributed to the color not adhering well to the skin. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading on me. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is less shimmery, a touch darker. Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #3 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a soft, satin finish. it had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is warmer, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Desperation (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Nighttrain (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #4 is a muted, medium-dark yellow gold with hints of brown and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft but was just a little bit powdery, though easy to blend. On the eye, it wore well for eight hours before slightly creasing. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is brighter, yellower. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #1 (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is more frosted. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #5 is a light-medium, muted green with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, but it could have been more pigmented. This shade had signs of fading after seven hours of wear. MAC Silver Sun (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Planet Earth (99) (P, $13.00) is warmer, darker. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is brighter. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is slightly darker. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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